Make It New

Reshaping Jazz in the 21st Century

Subjects: Music, Jazz
Imprint: Lever Press
Open Access : 9781643150062, 304 pages, 7 x 10, October 2019
Paperback : 9781643150055, 304 pages, 7 x 10, October 2019
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As jazz enters its second century it is reasserting itself as dynamic and relevant. Boston Globe jazz writer and Emerson College professor Bill Beuttler reveals new ways in which jazz is engaging with society through the vivid biographies and music of Jason Moran, Vijay Iyer, Rudresh Mahanthappa, The Bad Plus, Miguel Zenón, Anat Cohen, Robert Glasper, and Esperanza Spalding. These musicians are freely incorporating other genres of music into jazz—from classical (both western and Indian) to popular (hip-hop, R&B, rock, bluegrass, klezmer, Brazilian choro)—and other art forms as well (literature, film, photography, and other visual arts). This new generation of jazz is increasingly more international and is becoming more open to women as instrumentalists and bandleaders. Contemporary jazz is reasserting itself as a force for social change, prompted by developments such as the Black Lives Matter, #MeToo movements, and the election of Donald Trump.

Bill Beuttler teaches courses in magazine writing, editing, and publishing at Emerson College. Before joining Emerson, he spent three years covering jazz for the Boston Globe and teaching journalism at Boston University.

Beuttler's more than three decades of magazine work includes stints as a senior editor at the Discovery Channel, Men's Journal, and Boston magazine, and as an associate editor at Down Beat and American Way magazines. He has also been published in JazzTimes, Jazziz, The Atlantic, Esquire, Chicago magazine, The Boston Globe Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Cooking Light, and The New York Times Book Review, among other publications.